Tuesday's NBA playoffs: Embiid, Milton help 76ers even series with Hawks 118-102

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Joel Embiid had 40 points and 13 rebounds, and Shake Milton scored 14 points in an electrifying stretch off the bench to lead the Philadelphia 76ers past the Atlanta Hawks 118-102 in Game 2 on Tuesday night and even their Eastern Conference semifinal.

Game 3 is Friday in Atlanta.

Atlanta Hawks' Trae Young, center, goes up for a shot between Philadelphia 76ers' Shake Milton, left, and Joel Embiid during the second half of Game 2 in a second-round NBA basketball playoff series, Tuesday, June 8, 2021, in Philadelphia.

Milton was a sixth man who then lost his spot in the rotation and scored only 17 points over spotty action in six playoff games this season. Coach Doc Rivers kept the faith and Shake rattled the Hawks and helped the Sixers roll to a 14-0 run that blew the game open and sent a packed house into a frenzy.

Milton buried a long-distance 3 to send the Sixers into the fourth quarter with a 91-84 lead. He kept it going with a jumper early in the fourth that made it 95-84.

Embiid, Tobias Harris and Seth Curry steadied the top-seeded Sixers a game after they fell behind by 26 and were stunned in a Game 1 defeat.

Trae Young scored 21 points for the Hawks, Danilo Gallinari scored 21 and Kevin Huerter had 20.

Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) goes out of bounds after being fouled by a Los Angeles Clippers player during the second half of Game 1 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series Tuesday, June 8, 2021, in Salt Lake City.

►Jazz 112, Clippers 109: Donovan Mitchell scored 45 points to lead the Jazz to a victory over the Clippersin Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinals series.

Mitchell did most of his work in the second half, scoring 32 points to rally the Jazz from a double-digit deficit. Jordan Clarkson and Bojan Bogdanovic chipped in 18 points apiece. Mitchell and Clarkson combined for 12 3-pointers.

Kawhi Leonard scored 23 points to lead Los Angeles. Paul George chipped in 20 points and 11 rebounds. Luke Kennard added 18 points while making a team-high four 3-pointers.

Utah and Los Angeles will play Game 2 on Thursday in Salt Lake City.

The Jazz trailed by as many as 14 points before rallying and overtaking the Clippers in the fourth quarter. Utah took the lead for good on a 21-9 run bookended by 3-pointers from Bogdanovic. His second one gave the Jazz a 103-93 lead with 5:22 remaining.

George hit a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 112-109 in the final minute. But Rudy Gobert blocked a potential game-tying shot from Marcus Morris with a second left to preserve the victory.

Playoff glance

CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS 

Eastern Conference

Brooklyn 2, Milwaukee 0

Saturday, June 5: Brooklyn 115, Milwaukee 107

Monday, June 7: Brooklyn 125, Milwaukee 86

Thursday, June 10: Brooklyn at Milwaukee, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 13: Brooklyn at Milwaukee, 3 p.m.

x-Tuesday, June 15: Milwaukee at Brooklyn, TBD

x-Thursday, June 17: Brooklyn at Milwaukee, TBD

x-Saturday, June 19: Milwaukee at Brooklyn, TBD

Atlanta 1, Philadelphia 1

Sunday, June 6: Atlanta 128, Philadelphia, 124

Tuesday, June 8: Philadelphia 118, Atlanta 102

Friday, June 11: Philadelphia at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.

Monday, June 14: Philadelphia at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.

x-Wednesday, June 16: Atlanta at Philadelphia, TBD

x-Friday, June 18: Philadelphia at Atlanta, TBD

x-Sunday, June 20: Atlanta at Philadelphia, TBD

Western Conference

Phoenix 1, Denver 0

Monday, June 7: Phoenix 122, Denver 105

Wednesday, June 9: Denver at Phoenix, 9:30 p.m.

Friday, June 11: Phoenix at Denver, 10 p.m.

Sunday, June 13: Phoenix at Denvera, 8 p.m.

x-Tuesday, June 15: Denver at Phoenix, TBD

x-Thursday, June 17: Phoenix at Denver, TBD

x-Sunday, June 20: Denver at Phoenix, TBD

Utah 1, L.A. Clippers 0

Tuesday, June 8: Utah 112, L.A. Clippers 109

Thursday, June 10: L.A. Clippers at Utah, 10 p.m.

Saturday, June 12: Utah at L.A. Clippers, 8:30 p.m.

Monday, June 14: Utah at L.A. Clippers, 10 p.m.

x-Wednesday, June 16: L.A. Clippers at Utah, TBD

x-Friday, June 18: Utah at L.A. Clippers, TBD

x-Sunday, June 20: L.A. Clippers at Utah, TBD

CONFERENCE FINALS

Conference Semifinals winners, TBA

NBA FINALS

(Best-of-7)

Conference Finals winners, TBA

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